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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrayal of a complex man
Lucien Freud was not a simple man. Indeed, he was not always a likeable man. He was, however, a great man. This book portrays the complexity and the greatness with equal adroitness, helped by the fact that the author, Geordie Greig, knew him well in his latter years. While the friendship is the reason the book exists, and why it has its title, Greig has not written a...
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2.0 out of 5 stars SLIM PICKINGS INDEED
A couple of weeks ago The Daily Mail[cue dry heaving and gagging]ran extracts from Breakfast With Lucian proclaiming it a "brilliant new biography" without hesitating I went straight to amazon and pre ordered.I find Lucien totally captivating in every aspect from his work to the scarfs he always wore.I paid full whack admission price too.
First off the book is a...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present, 14 Dec 2013
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I cannot give a review of this book as I bought it as a present. I assume the reader will enjoy this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift, 13 Dec 2013
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I bought this for my partner who is an art buff. He said the book is really interesting and he enjoys reading it, which means alot as he is really fussy with what he reads!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 Dec 2013
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what a huge waste of time asking for more words when I have said what I want to say. Thanks
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title tells it all., 1 Nov 2013
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Do the "special people", the ones who have shown outstanding talents in the arts, sports, etc, deserve to be judged differently by society? Does their "greatness" exempt them from the same rules that seem to govern the rest of us? If so, then surely one example of this is the life of the late artist, Lucian Freud. Freud, grandson of Sigmund Freud, was a leading artist in the second half of the 20th century. He was known for his portraits; incredible and penetrating looks into the face, figure, and attendant ambiance of the sitter.

Lucian Freud was the middle son of three born to Lucie and Ernst Freud, in Berlin, in 1922. Ernst didn't follow his father into medicine - he became an architect - but Lucian, in a way, followed his father into the arts. The family saw the political "light" rather early on and moved to London in 1933. Did being Jewish in Germany, being German in England, give Lucian a sort of "outsider" mentality that he carried into his work? Beats me; maybe grandpa Sigmund could have given an answer to that. But Sigmund died in England in 1939 and so never knew his grandson past his youthful years.

Young Freud was an "enfant terrible" in his early years as a painter. Beginning in the 1940's, Freud found growing fame as an artist and also as a lover of women (and in some cases, men). He was married twice and had four children by his first wife. In all, he had 14 "acknowledged" children and possibly more who he never acknowledged. Using birth control was obviously never real high on his list of life priorities; though neither was it high to the six or so women he impregnated. A lackadaisical father - at best - Freud rarely seemed to let the responsibilities of fatherhood impinge on his life or his work. Several of his children posed for him - in some cases, nude - and while the "ick" factor is pretty high there, none of the kids seemed to find anything amiss. He was close to some of this lovers and wives and distant with others. Some family members had his private telephone number and others didn't. He was probably closer to his bookies - he was an prodigious gambler - and many of his business deals involved selling paintings to pay off his debts. He also used his bookies as portrait subjects.

Lucian Freud actually used a lot of different people as subjects. Another excellent book on Freud and his art is "Man With a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud", by Martin Gayford, is still in print and well-worth reading. And his portraits... One of my greatest personal joys was seeing the massive exhibit of Freud's work at London's "National Portrait Gallery" after his death in 2011. No paintings in a book, no matter how well reproduced, can approach the vividness of seeing the work on the museum's walls. Many of his paintings are huge and can capture the eye and the mind for hours.

Okay, Lucian Freud lived an unconventional life. Still seducing young women, he fathered his last child at the age of 62 with a woman younger than many of his older children. He was secretive to the max and lived in a fairly furtive manner. He squashed the publication of two biographies and his fellow artists and family and friends all knew not to talk to the press. So how did this book get written?

Geordie Greig is a journalist and editor of the "Tatler" and a life-long art lover. He had been following Freud's career since he had been a student at Eton, and was looking for a way to meet the reclusive painter. In the mid-1990's he approached Freud by letter and Freud agreed to meet with him. This one meeting in a private room in a public cafe that Freud used as his breakfast shop resulted in a 15 or so year friendship. Freud openly talked about his life, work, and loves with the proviso that a book could be written using the material and published after his death. (In case you're wondering, Gayford's book is more about "sitting" for Freud than about Freud's life. That book was published before Freud's death).

The only complaint I have about Greig's book is the lack of many photos of Lucian Freud's work. I assume it was a matter of not getting "rights" to publish them but it's a bit disappointing not to see the pictures the author refers to in the text. But I think a site like "Wiki images" may have some. I remember many of the paintings from the 2012 exhibit in London. One painting that isn't in the book - but referred to - and probably the reader should try to find is "The Brigadier", which is a portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles. Parker Bowles - the first husband of Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles's wife - is a heavy-weight in his own world and the subject of a Freud painting that shows a man at ease with his own power. It's quite stunning.

Georgie Grieg's book is well worth reading for its intimate look at a great painter. Greig and Freud may have become friends in Freud's later years, but Greig writes a powerful book about Freud's whole life.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Any the Wiser?, 30 Oct 2013
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There seems to me to be many parallels between Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
Principally both did their most important work years ago in comparative obscurity when very few people were interested in them.
In old age both have become idolised by a gossip industry that has been built up around them...hungry for any anecdote...or slither of hearsay...the fact that both were wealthy and seemed to walk around with wads of notes "like a bog-roll" only helps to secure the legend.
However, this is all just surface tittle-tattle...the last 25 years of each mans life is of little importance to their main body of work, and their real legacy. What really went on artisticly in the 50's and 60's with each of them will be what matters. In both cases this is still obscure, despite 000's of pages of so called biography.
The present book is sycophantic in the extreme and wears its Daily Mail origins on its chest. This will only be of interest to people who believe Art is all about driving Bentleys, breakfasting at over-priced London restaurants and shagging posh art groupies.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant insider's account that every lover of modern art must buy, 21 Oct 2013
This review is from: Breakfast with Lucian (Hardcover)
Unlike so many "close accounts", Breakfast with Lucian paints a vivid, dark picture of such a followed yet misunderstood artist, detailing and emphasizing not just the art so many have seen, but the figure behind the masterpieces.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating portrait of the artist, 21 Oct 2013
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A wonderful book about a brilliant artist who was also a s***. A must for anyone interested in the man or his work. Couldn't disagree more with the other reviewers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucien Freud, 3 Dec 2013
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Bought it for friend for Christmas who greatly admired Lucien Freud.I just had a quick look at it and it looked interesting.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not the best, 18 Jan 2014
This review is from: Breakfast with Lucian (Kindle Edition)
preferred the one by martin gayford, the man in the blue scarf, this read rather like a snobby gossip column, the great man deserves better
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